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Hip and Knee Replacement

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People affected by severe arthritis in their hips and knees talk about their joint replacement experience at UC San Diego Health, including a man who was up and walking three hours after hip replacement surgery.

When you have severe hip or knee arthritis or another serious joint issue, it can impact your whole life. Chronic pain, stiffness, difficulty walking — these are all signs that you may have severe "bone on bone" joint degeneration. It may be time to consider a joint replacement.

Leaders in Joint Replacement 

Look to UC San Diego Health for your hip or knee replacement. As a Blue Distinction Center, we're recognized for our treatment expertise and better overall patient results for joint replacement. 

UC San Diego Health is also repeatedly ranked among the nation's best in orthopedic care by U.S. News & World ReportWe are also a designated Center of Excellence for complex orthopedic care by Optum. This means you'll receive expert, safe and cost-effective care.

Appointments & Referrals

 Call: 858-657-8200
 For Referring Physicians

Orthopedic Surgeons

 Scott Ball, MD

 Francis Gonzales, MD

Experienced Care Team 

At UC San Diego Health, your joint surgery and rehab are planned, coordinated and delivered by a team of experts who specialize in your condition. As a result, you receive a more accurate diagnosis. You also receive the right level of care. This means neither too much intervention nor too little, for your condition, health status and lifestyle preferences.

Your doctor will encourage you to try nonsurgical treatments first. If you still have pain, we’ll work with you to find the best surgical approach for you. 

Advanced Technology

UC San Diego Health is fully equipped with leading-edge specialized equipment, including special surgical tables, computerized navigation, robotic assist surgical systems and sophisticated imaging capabilities. With these technologies, your surgeon is able to perform joint replacements with greater precision. Your implant can also be better customized to your unique anatomy for a more natural feeling joint.

UC San Diego Health Ranked Nationally in Orthopedics

Surgery without a Hospital Stay

With less invasive surgical techniques and better anesthesia, you may be able to go home within several hours of surgery. How well you are moving around before surgery — not age — is the best predictor of how quickly you will recover from surgery. If you are interested in an outpatient procedure, talk to your surgeon about whether it is a good option for you.

Support Throughout Your Journey 

Your care team supports you throughout the process from education before surgery to physical therapy with orthopedic rehab specialists afterward. You are invited to attend a no-cost preoperative class to learn about your surgery.  When you register for a class, you may also download a patient education booklet on a joint replacement at UC San Diego Health. 

More About Hip and Knee Replacement

For more details on hip and knee replacement at UC San Diego Health, as well as second opinion services for hip conditions, see: